Simidele Adeagbo has been announced as one of the 16 people chosen for Yale’s 2019 World Fellows program.
Simidele is the Nigerian Olympian, who represented the country in Skeleton racing at the 2018 Winter Olympics and she joins 346 other Fellows representing 91 countries.
The World Fellows program is Yale University’s signature global leadership development initiative and a core element of Yale’s ongoing commitment to internationalization.
Each year, the University invites a group of exemplary practitioners from a wide range of fields and countries for an intensive four-month period of academic enrichment and leadership training.
According to Yale, the mission of World Fellows is to cultivate and empower a network of globally engaged leaders committed to making the world a better place.
Simidele Adeagbo is a trailblazing Olympian, advocate, and entrepreneur focused on building a better world through sport. Simidele made Olympic history at the 2018 Winter Games, becoming the first Nigerian Winter Olympian and the first African and Black woman to compete in skeleton at the Olympics. She relentlessly uses her platform to inspire others and break barriers.
Simidele created a signature master class designed to build leadership skills and uplift girls through the power of sport. She has rolled out the program in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and Morocco. An ambassador for Malala Fund, she has partnered with the organization to raise funds and spread the message of empowering girls to millions of people. A seasoned storyteller, Simidele led innovative marketing campaigns over a 15+ year career at Nike Inc., always pushing to elevate the voice of female athletes.
Simidele aims to use sport as a tool to create social empowerment, impact policy, and increase economic prosperity and overall health and wellness in Africa. She was selected as an Obama Foundation Leader in recognition of her work driving positive change across Africa.